Standard makes progress in 2016
The Village of Standard is proud of the progress it has made with regional water.
The Mail caught up with Mayor Alan Larsen and this year the village, along with it partners in Wheatland County, Hussar, Rockyford and
Gleichen were able to break ground on a regional water project.
“That is the biggest going on in the area by far,” Larsen told The Mail.
In November, they officially broke ground on the project, which will see a new raw water reservoir constructed near the village with a raw water line to the water treatment plant. From the water treatment plant, water will head out to its regional partners.
“We started on the raw water line here in Standard and they tell us we should be delivering potable water to Gleichen by September next year,” he said.
Not long after the groundbreaking, the project was approved for its second phase, which will next take water to Rockyford.
The village developed a residential neighbourhood a few years back and this year they are continuing to see a couple houses being built.
“We are adding to it, every year we sell a couple lots. We aren’t growing really fast, Standard kind of maintains its population,” he said.
Another great addition is a new walking path being developed called Memory Lane. It is being developed on CP park land and in the end it will be about a three and a half kilometre loop around the village.
“There is going to be the opportunity for residents past and present to put things about their family heritage along the path,” he said.
Work began last year, and it will be completed as funding becomes available.
To that end, last year an area landowner rented 160 acres of land to the committee for $1 per acre, and area and owners donated seed and chemical and then planted and harvested the parcel, raising about $75,000.
“Everything was donated by volunteers,” he said.
The spirit of volunteerism runs through the village and the local Lions Club recently completed a revamp of the tennis courts in the community.
In the coming year, they are continuing the work on their 10-year infrastructure plan.
“Every year we take money that is available an put it towards infrastructure like sewage, water, and paving,” he said.